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Vision

To be Australia’s leading skin cancer education and awareness provider.

Mission

To raise public awareness through education and advocacy of the benefits of early detection and prevention measures for all melanoma and other skin cancers in Australia. We aim to create sun safe initiatives to engage and educate, to aid in long-term sustainable behavioural change.

What We’re All About

Since the formation of Danger Sun Overhead in 2010, the Sun Safety initiative has provided education to over 40,000 workshop attendees in workplaces across Australia. Danger Sun Overhead’s services continues to be in high demand, delivering education workshops in all Australian states and territories.

Danger Sun Overhead objectives are to reduce the impact of Melanoma and all other skin cancers on all Australians. We do this through Awareness/Education, Prevention, Early detection and Support of Melanoma and other skin cancers in high risk outdoor industries, sporting bodies and educational institutions across Australia.

Danger Sun Overhead, and in particular, Jo Crotty, has been officially recognised through the awarding of significant commendations for the valuable work she undertakes to provide guidance to employers and industry leaders who seek to offer the best level of sun preventative care and working conditions to their workers.

Strategic Priorities

a)      Pursue a Diversified Funding Base

Danger Sun Overhead (DSO) has so far delivered our education workshops to over 40,000 attendees. Already we are industry leaders in UV Exposure and Skin Cancer Education in the outdoor industry. The strategic goal for this product is to achieve saturation of 50,000 attendees equating to the delivery of 3 workshops per week. The main priority is to secure sustainable funding from brand partners and funded programs. This would enable DSO to deliver the program free of cost.

b)      Strategic Alliances

Develop and maintain strategic alliances with other organisations associated with outdoor industries, sporting and recreational clubs, schools and educational institutions.

                                            i.       Brand Partnerships – BERT, Turner Freeman, CFMEU, Master Builders Qld

                                          ii.      Funded Programs - Major Contractors, Builders, Organisations, Sporting Clubs, Educational Institutions.

                                         iii.      Network Partnerships - Unions, Associations, Outdoor Industry Organisations

                                         iv.      Employer Associations - Master Builders Association, Australian Contractors Association, Housing Industry Association, Civil Contractors Federation

                                          v.       Government and Statutory Authorities - Department of Health, Prevention and Planning, Safework, Australian Building and Construction Commission, Comcare

                                         vi.      Industry Schemes and Organisations - BERT (QLD, NT), CBUS, BIRST (SA), ACIRT (AUS), Incolink, National Safety Council of Australia

                                       vii.       Not for profit sector - Melanoma Patients Australia, Mates in Construction

                                     viii.      Major Builders and Clients - Major national builders, Governments and Developers

                                         ix.       Corporate Partners Prevention Tools - Sundicators, My Sun Protection, Solbari.

                                          x.       Strategic Alliances

 

c)       Lift the Profile of Danger Sun Overhead (DSO)

DSO will take every opportunity to raise the profile of Danger Sun Overhead across Australia in relation to our education program and the effectiveness this education is having on reducing the risk of skin cancer. Our focus is to broaden our client base into all outdoor industries, sporting activities and educational institutions. The organisation will work to protect, promote and enhance the Danger Sun Overhead (DSO) brand nationally.

d)      Danger Sun Overhead Compliance Officer

Strategies are currently being developed to enable all outdoor industries, sporting associations and educational institutions to have their own “DSO Compliance Officer”. This will ensure that all sun safety measures are being implemented and complied with, thereby adhering to Workplace Health and Safety requirements. In the future we hope to implement a DSO Accreditation standard to create a database of companies, organisations, clubs and education facilities that meet and adhere to the DSO sun safety policy.

e)      Measure Behavioural Change

DSO is committed in developing a database of key information from our workshop attendees that will enable DSO to measure behavioural change. Ultimately, this is our goal, for all Australian’s to develop sun safety as second-nature. We hope to collect data to ensure that our workshops are delivering the sun safe message with enough conviction to change behaviours and attitudes toward sun safety.

How Did DSO Begin?

Joanne Crotty shares her story about how DSO began.
My name is Joanne Crotty and I am a widow with 4 boys. My husband, Rohan Crotty, unfortunately lost his battle with melanoma in July 2009 at the age of 43, leaving myself with 4 boys under the age of five. I want to share our story because most melanomas can be prevented if people have access to education and awareness about skin cancer. 

My husband Rohan was constantly exposed to the sun as part of his work. After his first diagnosis in 2006, Rohan was an organizer with the CFMEU and recognised sun safety standards were not being addressed in the Outdoor industries.  He became associated with the University of Queensland where (with UQ’s help) successfully brought the awareness to the hazards of sun exposure into the construction industry. 

I am now continuing with this important work on Rohan’s behalf through the establishment of the Danger Sun Overhead program.

The Board

Our Board is responsible for strategic decision and policy-making activities of Danger Sun Overhead.  They are committed to achieving the DSO strategic goals in our fight to reduce the impact of melanoma and all skin cancers on Australians, and to becoming Australia’s leading skin cancer education and awareness provider.
Andrew Ramsay

Andrew Ramsay

President

Andrew started work in the housing industry in 1972, as an apprentice carpenter where he completed his apprenticeship and continued to work in the housing industry until 1985.  Andrew left the housing industry and moved into the High-rise Industry, where he also represented construction workers in a delegate role for the BWIU and continued in the industry until 1988.

Andrew became a Full Time Official with the BWIU until the CFMEU was formed in 1993 where he maintained an official role until 2008 when Andrew was appointed as CFMEU Qld WH&S Co Ordinator, a role in which he held until his retirement in December 2017.

Retirement has not slowed Andrew down with his active voluntary participation with Asbestos Disease Support Society, Political campaigning and now as President of Danger Sun Overhead, which he has been a part of since its inception in 2010.

Andrew brings great value to his role as President due to his vast knowledge of the Construction Industry, past practising behaviours and personal history with friends and relatives whom have passed, are being treated or have been diagnosed with Melanoma.

Peter Close

Peter Close

Vice-President

Peter commenced work in the Building and Construction Industry in 1978, as an apprentice cabinet maker and has spent the last 40 years alternating between working on the tools, job delegate, CFMEU Official and Building Construction Coordinator.

In 1994, Peter became a union official for the CFMEU spending the next 20 years looking after workers and their health and safety.

In June 2014 Peter joined the Construction Income Protection (CIP) and Building Employees Redundancy Trust (BERT) team as the Building Construction Coordinator QLD/NT. Peter is responsible for the promotion of the funds and compliance.

Over the last 40 years Peter has excelled in delivering superior service and prides himself in building strong working relationships with Employers, Unions, Organisers and Delegates and Industry Sponsors, while providing a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to all stakeholders.

Ciaran Ehrich

Ciaran Ehrich

Treasurer

Ciaran is a Senior Associate with Turner Freeman Lawyers and is the manager of the Turner Freeman Gold Coast office. He joined Turner Freeman in 2012 and in that time has practiced exclusively in compensation law.  He is admitted to practice as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.  Ciaran practices compensation law in multiple jurisdictions of Australia and has pursued claims in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

One of Ciaran’s practice areas is skin cancer and melanoma claims.  Ciaran has pursued these claims under the Queensland and Commonwealth worker’s compensation schemes.

Ciaran is passionate about helping people who have been unfairly wronged or injured through no fault of their own.  As nobody’s circumstances are the same, Ciaran believes that people deserve individual expert legal advice to address the complex nature of compensation litigation.

Through his work with Turner Freeman, Ciaran has been involved with DSO for a number of years and is passionate about promoting awareness of the dangers of solar induced skin diseases, particularly for workers in Queensland.  He is thrilled to see the passion shown by Jo Crotty on this important issue and to work closely with Jo and the rest of the DSO board.  Ciaran hopes to see DSO continuing to lead the field in sun safety awareness.

Ciaran was appointed Treasurer of DSO in 2017.

Trevor Torrens

Trevor Torrens

Secretary

Trevor is Company Secretary of DSO. Trevor has strong management background in both government and the private sector (for-profit and not-for-profit) in the areas of industrial relations, training and education. He has held numerous honorary positions in school and community organisations and has close connections with many of the key stakeholders that currently interact with DSO.
Jo Crotty

Jo Crotty

Director/Member

Danger Sun Overhead was founded by Jo Crotty in 2010, after losing her husband (Rohan Crotty) to Melanoma. Rohan recognised that sun safety was not beeing addressed in the workplace and successfully bought the awareness to the hazards of sun exposure in the construction industry.  Jo has been continuing this important work and recognised that the program was not just for the construction industry, but for all  outdoor industries, schools, sporting clubs and all Australian’s.

Jo presents our program and is an award winning and officially recognised skin cancer advocate.  During her time with DSO, Jo has  broadened her knowledge of skin cancer, Melanoma and the best preventative measures through education, research and associations and partnerships with other leading skin cancer professionals.  Jo is currently a member of the Queensland Skin Cancer Prevention Collaborative.

As well as being DSO’s official workshop presenter, Jo manages the day-to-day operations of Danger Sun Overhead.

“The DSO program continues to be in high demand delivering education workshops in all Australian states and territories…”

Danger Sun Overhead

ACN: 600 036 300

Mail: PO Box 212
Clontarf Beach QLD 4019

Contact: 0418 728 347 admin@dangersunoverhead.org.au

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What We’re All About
Since the formation of Danger Sun Overhead in 2010, the Sun Safety initiative has provided education to over 35,000 workshop attendees in workplaces across Australia. Danger Sun Overhead’s services continues to be in high demand, delivering education workshops in all Australian states and territories.

Danger Sun Overhead objectives are to reduce the the impact of Melanoma and all other skin cancers on all Australians.

Danger Sun Overhead objectives are to reduce the the impact of Melanoma and all other skin cancers on all Australians. We do this through Awareness/Education, Prevention, Early detection and Support of Melanoma and other skin cancers in high risk outdoor industries across Australia.
Danger Sun Overhead, and in particular Jo Crotty, has been officially recognised through the awarding of significant commendations for the valuable work she undertakes to provide guidance to employers and industry leaders who seek to offer the best level of sun preventative care and working conditions to their workers.

Awareness

Through education, conferences and exhibits, we can spread the word.

Prevention

With the use of high quality prevention products and UV sunscreen stations.

Early Detection

Become informed on the risks of developing skin cancer alongside on-site skin checks.

Support

Through the promoting of organisations who help provide support to Melanoma Patients, their carers, family and friends.

Jo’s Story

My name is Joanne Crotty and I am a widow with 4 young boys under the age of five. My husband, Rohan Crotty, unfortunately lost his battle with melanoma in July 2009 at the age of 43. I want to share our story because most melanomas can be prevented if people have access to education and awareness about skin cancer.

My husband Rohan was constantly exposed to the sun as part of his work. After his first diagnosis in 2006, Rohan was an organizer with the CFMEUnion and recognized sun safety standards were not being addressed in the Outdoor industries.  He became associated with the University of Queensland where (with UQ’s help) successfully brought the awareness to the hazards of sun exposure in the construction industry.

I am now continuing with this important work on Rohan’s behalf through the establishment of the Danger Sun Overhead program.